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Friday's Kelly Cup Playoffs Recap


One goal enough for Reading
Royals lead series 1-0

By Jason Guarente
Reading Eagle

One thing that comforted Reading Royals fans heading into the playoffs is their team seemed built to win this time of year.

The Royals have forwards who block shots, defensemen who stay disciplined and a goalie who is playing out of this world.

That usually translates into success once open ice disappears and scrums break out every few minutes.

Game 1 was a perfect example.

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Deckert leads Blades to series-opening win against Elmira
Florida leads series 1-0

By Kevin Johnson
Naples News

ESTERO — With the way Jesse Deckert played, the Florida Everblades might not have needed a big break to win their playoff opener, but it didn’t hurt to receive one.

A goal credited to Adam Brace never touched a Florida stick, yet it was enough to take some steam out of the Elmira Jackals late in the second period of the Everblades’ 5-1 win in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal on Friday night in front of 3,152 at Germain Arena.

The teams will return to Germain for Game 2 on Saturday night at 7.

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Toledo loses to Cincinnati in defensive-minded opener
Cyclones lead series 1-0

By Mark Monroe
Toledo Blade

Spectacular goaltending by two rookie netminders highlighted a nip and tuck battle between Toledo and Cincinnati in an intense ECHL playoff opener on Friday night.

The Walleye fell 2-1 in double overtime to the Cyclones in an extremely evenly played opening game of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

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Gwinnett takes first game, 5-0
Gladiators lead series 1-0

By Christine Troyke
Gwinnett Daily Post

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators broke open a tight game with two quick goals late in the second period and grabbed a 1-0 series lead over South Carolina on Friday night.

Tyler Murovich scored twice and the Gladiators beat their division rival 5-0 in a dominating opening effort at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Goaltender Louis Domingue outdueled Ryan Zapolski, showered with awards by the ECHL this week. Domingue made 24 saves in the shutout and was far better than the league's recently anointed MVP, rookie and goalie of the year.

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Ontario rallies for overtime win
Reign lead series 3-0

By Steve Luhm
The Salt Lake Tribune

West Valley City • The Utah Grizzlies came within 30 seconds of getting back into its first-round ECHL playoff series with heavily favored Ontario.

Instead, the Reign scored late in regulation and prevailed in overtime Friday night to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven match-up with the Grizzlies.

Ontario’s Jake Hauswirth knocked a rebound past goalie Shane Owen with 14:59 left in the extra period to push the Grizzlies to the brink of elimination.

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Stockton comes from behind for 3-2 overtime win
Thunder lead series 1-0

By Scott Linesburgh
The Record

STOCKTON - They started slowly, had trouble making good passes and fell behind early.

But the Thunder didn't give up and turned what would have been a disappointing start to the postseason into a rousing come-from-behind win.

Stockton managed to rally from a two-goal deficit in the third period, and Matt Bergland's goal in overtime gave the Thunder a 3-2 victory in front of a crowd of 3,492 on Friday in Game 1 of the first round of the ECHL Western Conference playoffs at Stockton Arena. The best-of-seven series continues at 7:30 p.m. today at the arena.

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Aces win playoff opener
Alaska leads series 1-0

By Doyle Woody

Anchorage Daily News

The Alaska Aces’ playoff-opening victory Friday night featured many of the hallmarks that highlighted their peak performances in delivering the ECHL’s best regular-season record.

Superior special teams, depth of scoring, strong goaltending and tenacity tempered by discipline all added up to a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Bulls at Sullivan Arena.

The Aces outshot the Bulls 40-21, scored two power-play goals, snuffed four San Francisco power plays, received goals from five different guys and points from 11 of 16 skaters, and played from ahead all evening.

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